Presenter: Professor Mahlon C. Kennicutt II

Name: Professor Mahlon C. Kennicutt II
Position: Professor, Department of Oceanography, Texas A & M University and President, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, United States

Biography: Mahlon 'Chuck' Kennicutt II received his PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1980. After a short period at the University of Tulsa, Chuck Kennicutt returned to Texas A&M University in 1981 and assisted in creating the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG). At GERG he served in various positions and rose to be Director for 6 1/2 years ending in 2004. He was promoted to full professor with tenure in Oceanography in 2002. At Texas A&M University he has served as a Principal Investigator, Deputy Program Manager, and/or Program Manager on many large interdisciplinary programs. He has served as PI on National Science Foundation grants from Marine Chemistry and the Office of Polar Programs. He was appointed Director of Sustainable Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2004. Dr. Kennicutt is the US Delegate to and President of, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). He has attended many Antarctic Treaty meetings and has also served as ex officio member of the Polar Research Board and been a science advisor to the US Department of State Antarctic Treaty Delegations since 2002. Dr. Kennicutt has served as a member of several National Academies Committees and acted as a report monitor and external reviewer of several NAS reports.